Steve Pond reports that an Oscar-voting screenwriter lambasted director Martin Scorsese Saturday night after an Academy screening of his new film, “The Wolf of Wall Street.” The details were relayed by actress Hope Holiday on Facebook, calling the evening “three hours of torture – same disgusting crap over and over again.” At an elevator encounter, the unnamed writer “started screaming – shame on you – disgusting.” The graphic movie is filled with sex, drugs, and scandal based on the life of former stockbroker Jordan Belfort, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. The Wrap.
Pete Hammond interviews director and writer Alfonso Cuaron about his Oscar contender “Gravity.” It is the highest grossing live-action film of the year with over $600 million worldwide. Warner Bros. has created a new featurette for its campaign and held a packed party for Academy members last week with star Sandra Bullock attending. Cuaron says, “The film has been embraced so beautifully by the reviewers, the media, audiences. It’s just been a sweet ride. And this has just been part of that sweetness. It feels good as a complement to that. Also it’s easy for me to be relaxed because the film already kind of performed.” Deadline.
Bruce Fretts and Matt Roush announce the 60 best TV series of all time. For TV Guide’s 60th anniversary, they say that “we shook things up, blending drama, comedy and other genres to salute the shows with the biggest cultural impact and most enduring influence. Their top 10 (in order): “The Sopranos,” “Seinfeld,” “I Love Lucy,” “All in the Family,” “The Twilight Zone,” “The Wire,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “M*A*S*H,” “Breaking Bad,” and “The Simpsons.” TV Guide.
Actress Julia Roberts chats about her role in “August: Osage County,” which has brought her nominations from Critics’ Choice, Golden Globes, and SAG Awards as Best Supporting Actress. She says playwright Tracy Letts was the best and only choice to write the screenplay: “What’s interesting is the play is so long – it’s such a complex house of cards that I think only Tracy could have dismantled it and put it back together in this film version.” Hitfix.
Hugh Jackman exits the upcoming Broadway musical “Houdini,” citing scheduling problems. The Tony winner has been attached to the project about magician Harry Houdini for several years. Composer Danny Elfman and writer Aaron Sorkin were involved at an earlier stage, but the team now includes composer Stephen Schwartz and writer David Ives. With Jackman’s departure, producers are undecided if it will still debut in 2014. Variety.
The latest awards roundtable video features six composers trying for Oscar gold: Christoph Beck (“Frozen“), Henry Jackman (“Captain Phillips“), Thomas Newman (“Saving Mr. Banks“), Steven Price (“Gravity”), Alan Silvestri (“The Croods“), and Hans Zimmer (“12 Years a Slave“). Among other topics, they discuss their biggest challenges, box office results, and what would happen if they got fired. Hollywood Reporter.
What were the greatest musical moments of 2013? A new countdown ranks the album “The 20/20 Experience” from Justin Timberlake first as well as his reunion with *NSYNC at the MTV Video Music Awards. Others on the list include the Miley Cyrus “year of shenanigans,” the emergence of Lorde, the comeback of Britney Spears, and big surprises from Beyonce. Huffington Post.
The Santa Barbara Film Festival will host a first-ever showing of the three “Before” films from director Richard Linklater. Because the films had different distributors, it was tough for Sony Pictures Classics to gain permission to screen “Before Sunrise” (1995), “Before Sunset” (2004), and “Before Midnight” (2013) all in one night. The event will be part of the closing night of the 10-day festival on February 9, and will feature a Q&A session with Linklater, Julie Delpy, and Ethan Hawke. Thompson on Hollywood.